The world is changing, and Peoria is adapting to the systematic changes relevant to the 21st century. The Greater Peoria EDC supports the development of strategies aimed at empowering all individuals within the region from cradle to career, including K-12 students, recent college graduates, and career-seeking adults. Many schools throughout the region offer career certification programs, including Pekin Community High School and Woodruff Career & Technical School. Employers can also take part in career fairs like CareerSpark — providing a regular pipeline to upcoming talent. Additionally, higher education institutions like Bradley’s Career Services Dept. , Eureka College, Illinois Central College, Saint Francis Medical Center College of Nursing and Methodist College Career Services help employers develop their workforces.
Greater Peoria shows strong representation across demographics, with an almost even split between women and men. According to the 2020 US Census, 9% of the Greater Peoria region identified as Black or African American, 3.3% as Hispanic or Latinx, and 2.24% as Asian. Across the region the labor force is strong, with 40% of the population representing workers between the ages of 25 and 54 in 2019. When considering the region’s educational attainment, the number of those with a postsecondary degree or some college education is on par with the national average.
Since 2005, Illinois workNet Center has worked with individuals, employers and educational institutions, creating partnerships to expand economic opportunity throughout the state. Up to 100% of the training cost[s] associated with an incumbent worker and 50% of the [training] cost[s] associated with new or recently hired employees can be reimbursed through Illinois work Net’s customized training programs. The center also offers partners a vast amount of free tools and resources, such as outreach materials, workforce development and virtual fair guides.
Apprenticeship Illinois is an employer-focused program that provides job seekers with on-the-job training and job-related curricula. Several apprenticeship industries are available, including advanced manufacturing, energy, healthcare, transportation and more. The organization has had 4,661 new apprentices throughout Illinois since the 2020 fiscal year with over 500 register apprenticeship programs.